SALEM, Ohio — Three newborn Holstein calves have been skinned alive at a farm in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
During the past several weeks, farmer Lou Diamond has reported three separate attacks on the animals at his Masontown, Pa., dairy farm.
The attacks began during the night of Sept. 21, with three calves being skinned over the course of the following two weeks. Each of the calves was just days old.
The calves involved in the first two attacks have died. The third calf, which was skinned during the night of Sept. 29, is recovering as of Oct. 6.
Diamond reported in all three instances that the calves’ collars had been cut and large patches of skin were removed from their necks.
Police reports indicate that a patch of skin as long as 20 inches was removed from the first calf’s neck and back.
Pennsylvania State Police in Uniontown are investigating the case. Trooper First Class Brian Burden, community service public information officer, said investigators have not determined a motive for these attacks.
There is a reward being offered for information in this case. Anyone with information should contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Uniontown at 724-439-7111.
Diamond could not be reached for this story.